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Cowboys will have a lot of time to waste before kickoff

BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: September 12, 2011

STILLWATER — What do you do with about 70 college kids that, by design, are trapped in a hotel on a Saturday and have no plans until after 9 p.m.?

That's the predicament facing the Oklahoma State coaching staff this weekend with the Cowboys' 9:10 p.m. kickoff at Tulsa on Saturday. The late start is because the game will be televised by Fox Sports Net.

“I don't remember ever starting (a game) that late myself,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “We all know that television and money is a dictator…it doesn't matter what I think. We're going to go down and kick off whenever someone else tells us to do it.”

Because of TU's proximity, this week OSU will virtually mimic its Friday routine for home games. After classes, the team will eat dinner together and go through a walk-thru in Stillwater. The only difference will be the one-hour drive to Tulsa that night.

But the real challenge comes Saturday, when the players will wake up with an extra long day to kill before game time. There will be two time slots for breakfast, just in case someone is an early riser or can't sleep.

After that, the Cowboys will have about four or five hours to occupy themselves in the hotel before boarding the team bus to head to H.A. Chapman Stadium.

How do the players plan to spend the time? The most popular answers were predictable — sleep and watch football.

“There will be some games on we'll be able to watch,” OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden said. “That will make it go by a little bit faster. But still, as a player, that's the tough thing about playing a night game. You just kind of sit around and lay in bed all day. I hate that. That's the worst part about it.”

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